FCRS Field Trial Dates 2021

Dates for your diary (book your days off work or from picking up!):

Saturday 16th October 2021 All-aged (Breed Only) Field Trial, Spreyton, Devon

Monday 13th December 2021 Open (Breed Only) Field Trial Ampton, Suffolk

We hope to find a ground in the Midlands or further north for a Novice Trial too. (Schedules will be produced later in the summer)

Helen Ford Acting FT Sec

Crufts and Coronavirus

The Kennel Club have issued the this statement regarding the above.  If any further statements are issued the website will be updated.



Winner of URC Novice AV Working Test 26/05/19

Wendy Battison and Donascimento Ramires first in Novice.

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Dual Event Weekend - Update

Further details are now available about this event whcih now include "Show Handling Training" .   Please use the Working Entry form from the Working Forms page (or below) to enter the working tests.  The organisers would be grateful for help with dummy throwing and stewarding.

Click here for details  

GWT Entry Form

Shooting Dog Certificate - 20th January 2018

Shooting Dog Certificate  20-01-18 held at Shadoxhurst Kent

We started the day with everyone meeting at The Kings Head PH for breakfast with the guns.

Weather forecast was not good with rain forecast for pretty much the whole day, unfortunately this time they were right .

Six handlers had entered with two of them had entered before with previous dogs.

We moved off to a largely open grass field for the first drive where unfortunately the guns only dropped 3 birds, one of those being picked by a beater. We made use of the two birds we had and as the Guns left for the second drive we made use of the birds to test the Dogs ability to enter water as a convenient pond was at hand., all succeeding in this task.

We caught the Guns up for the end of the second drive and sat through the third.

This drive was in rather more cover on the edge of the wood in a large area of coppiced woodland with a lot of ground cover, the guns dropped five birds here we could use with four being picked and one runner heading into the next drive so we couldn’t pursue, later picked by the beaters.

On to drive 4 where enough birds were dropped to enable the assessment to be completed.  Suzi Price’s Dog remaining steady with a bird falling 3 feet in front and another just 10 feet away.

A hen bird was hit and dropped into the field behind and being a runner Andy Snow took Sarah Young and Merlin over the fence to try and find the fall, this he did easily and tracked the bird under another fence and off into a flattened cover crop, some 100 m, and picked, much to the surprise of the Gun.

The remaining game was picked.

Five passes with two being A’s and 3 being B’s unfortunately one failed on this occasion.

We stayed on to pick up on the last drive of the day.

Back to the barn to thank all concerned, Guns, Pickers up for disrupting their day and above all Shoot owner and Keeper for allowing us back again.

We have been told we can have a day in November next year so watch the website.

Dick Pettett


Photos can be found on the Societys' facebook page.

Flatcoated Retriever Society Open Show: 10th June 2017

The schedule is now available for the FCRS Open Show on 10th June 2017 to be held at the East Hall, Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh.  Entries may be made by post (closing date 8th May 2017) or on line at Fosse Data (closing date 15th May 2017).  The forms may be downloaded below. 


Entry Form

Working Information Updated

The training page has recently been updated and the also the Area Working Test results to include those of the South West Area held on 16th April 2017.

Crufts 2017 - Other Results

Apart from the normal show classes, Flatcoats also did well in other classes.

Gamkeepers - Judge Miss A. G. Cooper

Open Stakes: Mixed Class

2nd  Ms D. Hall with Ghilgrange Noggin The Nog JW
Res: Mrs H. Fox with Black Mica's Likes It Hot At Blacktoft JW

Open Stakes: Dog 

3rd Mr D. Wilmhurst with Kulawand Intuition At Mandamay
VHC  Mr and Mrs Huyton with Hopevalley Morning Madness At Hightyne

Open Stakes - Bitch

Res.  S. & P. Hurstfield with Stac Polly

Open Stakes - Mixed

1st Mr P and Mrs C Huyton with Hopevalley Morning Oregon For Hightyne
3rd Mr P and Mrs C Huyton with Morning Madness At Hightyne

Junior Handling  

YKC Handling 17-24 years 

VHC Melissa Osborne-Brown with Cassiopi Just Dance for Perrymel

The Role of the Field Trial Sub-Committee

The Field Trial Sub-Committee's primary purpose is to support the working side of the Flatcoated Retriever through running Breed Working Tests in the summer months and Breed Field Trials during the shooting season.

The Flatcoated Retriever Society has permission from the Kennel Club to run “Breed Only” Novice and Open qualifying Field Trials. 


Our aim is to encourage handlers to the pleasure of working their flatcoat in competition, as well as encouraging more owners to work their dogs at shoots. We will support those aims by providing training days and training contacts across the UK.


In addition to area Working Tests tests that will be run by the Area Working Test organiser, we shall also run the Shirley Radburn Nationals and the Inter-Area Team Challenge. The team event is designed to encourage new handlers into working tests, be alongside more experienced handlers who hopefully will help new handlers relax and enjoy participating.


We will also try to run Shooting Dog Certificate days, which is an assessment for Flatcoated Retrievers, primarily for the purposes of breeding which demonstrates the dog’s retrieving capabilities but without being under a competition environment, first set up by the late Hon Amelia Jessel in 1981/82. The day is run at a shoot, usually only four dogs, a member of the FTSub committee attends together with a panel Field Trial judge. The aim is to assess the dog on a normal shoot day. The dog should be quiet, either off the lead, or on the lead, depending on how steady the handler thinks their dog is at a drive, retrieve birds tenderly to hand when instructed to by the judge and then handler. Complicated handling is not expected but some degree of control of the dog is expected, it is also expected that the dog when picking a bird comes straight back to the handler with that bird, just as one would expect on a picking up day. Picking up a bird, then putting it down and picking another bird would not be acceptable. Here is a link to some history and guidance for handlers about the SDC:



We hope that these schemes will assist members and breeders alike to maintain the retrieving qualities and temperament required of the breed for future generations and encourage more people to work their flatcoat.


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